Are you experiencing sluggishness in your chrome browser? Google Chrome, being the most widely used browser, offers some cool features to make the overall user experience more productive. However, many a times, you’ve noticed the sluggishness of chrome or even crashing several times. Didn’t you?
The reason for this may be superfluous or unnecessary extensions, plugins, or even your browsing data, which are capable of crashing your browser.
How to fix it? Well, below are some of the simple ways, using which you can speed up your chrome browser to some extent and prevent it from crashing.
There are certain things you can do, including disabling plugins, extensions, clear the unnecessary history, etc.
When you clean install the Google Chrome in your system, many unnecessary plugins gets installed along with it.
Yes, plugins helps the browsers to process some special type of contents like Java, Silverlight, Flash or even Windows Media files. However, the majority of them are not necessary in our daily browsing.
In simple words, the plugin can slow down the overall performance of Chrome. And to overcome this, simply disable the plugins you are not using.
To disable the plugins in Chrome, type “about:plugins” in the address bar and hit enter.
After hitting enter, a list of all installed plugins will be displayed. Scroll through each one of them and disable the one which you don’t need by clicking on disable button.
Note:- You can safely disable every plugin. However, we recommend you not to disable flash, as many websites uses flash to display menus, videos, etc. Additionally, if you are a Netflix lover, do not disable Silverlight.
Plugins cannot be uninstalled or deleted. It can only be disabled. The plugin, which comes with an extension is an exception, as uninstalling the extension will eventually remove the associated plugin.
The disabled plugin will turn into a gray list, which can be enabled by hitting the enabled button.
Extensions are nothing but a small program that eventually adds more functionality and extra features in Chrome. Yes, they are useful, but when loaded with unnecessary extension, your Chrome browser will slow or crash down. User can disable the extensions without uninstalling them to speed up the whole process, and when need arises, enable them.
You can easily access the list of installed extensions on your Chrome browser by typing “Chrome://extensions” in the address bar or by selecting Tools -> Extensions from the toolbar.
You can disable the extensions by unchecking the box labelled as enabled.
You can also remove the extension by clicking the delete button/trash icon.
You will experience the considerable change in speed after disabling the junks of unnecessary extensions.
Clearing Browsing Data
Chrome’s history fetches or collects the data’s including the URLs you’ve visited and cached the text of website, your download history, cookies and other plugin data.
While this is absolutely necessary to speed up your system by caching locally instead of downloading the same things again and again, but sometimes this database may even cause your browser to slow down, due to excessive data.
There are many ways to clear your history. You can clear your entire browsing history or you can delete the specific history. However, you shouldn’t be clearing your history every time just to speed up your browser, as you’ll then end up losing more time in downloading the same web page again.
Clear Entire Browsing History
To clear your browsing history, simply type “Chrome://history” or press Ctrl + H to open up the new tab containing your history data.
In the clear history data dialog, you’ve the option to select the data and time range.
Note:- Clearing your browsing history from the beginning of time will prevent matches from displaying in the URL address bar.
Clearing Specific Items from Browing History
If you want to remove only some of the specific web pages from your history, just press the Ctrl + H button or simply type “chrome://history” in the URL bar. Select the checkbox appearing before the listed web pages when you hover over them and hit the Remove Selected Items.
A confirmation dialog box will appear. Click on Ok to delete the selected web pages.
You can also delete the most visited web pages from new tab page that displays the thumbnails of the same.
Clear Your Browsing History Automatically When You Exit Chrome
Well, using unnecessary extensions is a strict no from us, but there are some extensions which might turn out to be useful. Clean&Clean is one of them, which helps you in clearing your browsing history automatically every time you exit the Chrome browser.
Just install this extension and the next time you close your chrome, your every browsing history will be cleared up. You can also tweak the setting options to personalize the things.
Just follow the above mentioned steps and do keep a check on your plugins, extensions and temporary files at regular intervals to speed up your Chrome Browser.